Notified Bodies are conformity assessment bodies that have been designated to carry out conformity assessment according to EU regulations. The competence of a Notified Body is primarily demonstrated with accreditation. The national co-ordination of the operation of Notified Bodies has been transferred from The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment to the authority responsible for notification in late 2016. The notification of the conformity assessment bodies is regulated by law. The notifying authority is responsible for the transfer of the information on Notified Bodies to the NANDO Information System maintained by European Comission.
The Notified Bodies carry out one or several tasks of the conformity assessment. Conformity assessment methods have been divided into modules where technical requirements differ. Accreditation is defined based on modules covered by the Body's operations. EA mandatory Guide EA-2/17 identifies the preferred conformity assessment standards for each module. The accreditation should be applied according to these standards. Notified Body can be an accredited testing laboratory, inspection body or a certification body.
During the assessments, The Act on Notified Bodies Concerning Certain Product Groups (278/2016) and the sectorial legislation is also taken into consideration.